After going 11-2 last season, Simon-Kenton is hoping to duplicate and better that record in 2010. One key to reaching that goal is quarterback Chad Lawrence. The 6-foot, 185-pound quarterback has been a very productive player. But for Lawrence, it's all about the group.
"I think it's always based on a team effort," said Lawrence. "But if I had to decide, I feel that I played my heart out every down of every game," he said. Lawrence threw for 1796 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. But he also was a weapon on the ground. He rushed for 1165 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.
His versatility is clear in his stats and in his description. "I would say I do a very good job of reading the defense and audibling. Also, my speed, vision and my leadership are strengths," he said.
"I would like to get better at my arm strength," he said. "I would also like to get stronger in the weight room. I also believe that you cannot get enough leadership skills. I would also like to gain more of that," he continued.
Lawrence's productivity has been obvious to many of the schools who are recruiting him. "Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Lindsey Wilson, Campbellsville, Georgetown, Centre, Wofford, Marian, Holy Cross, Indiana State and Middle Tennessee have all shown interest," said Lawrence.
Chad has camped at a few schools too, but has yet to earn an offer. "I've been to a camp at Ohio State, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Lindsey Wilson. I think I did my best and performed well," he said. "I don't have offers yet, but I know if I keep working as hard as I do, things will fall into place.
Lawrence lists academics, athletics, tradition and comfort as the most important traits in the school he chooses.
He's still got nine months of high school left and one season left. But the ultimate goal is simple. "Our goal is a state championship," he said.